[mythtv-users] My Ceiling Fan Controls My Mythtv Sound :(
beww at beww.org
Tue Aug 8 19:27:23 UTC 2006
On Aug 8, 2006, at 1:11 PM, John Pierce wrote:
>>> No this is not a joke!
>> Please believe him, it is a serious matter. The symptoms indicate a
>> high-resistance someplace in the circuit, and high resistance will
>> cause heating which can indeed cause a fire.
>> Unless you are truly well-qualified, this is a matter for a licensed
>> electrician. It is definitely a case where they earn their admittedly
>> high dollar rate.
> I concur, being a journeyman electrician by trade, you may well find
> the problem on the neutral conductor and even more likely if your
> service entrance mains were aluminum. Aluminum expands and contracts
> quite a bit more than copper, and more often becomes loose.
> Have you noticed any symptoms of a loose neutral ie: incandescent
> lamps flickering (even in clear weather), stove top burners or oven
> burners not getting as hot as they should.
BTW - folks should be aware that just because you pay "X" dollars an
hour for an electrician (or a plumber, or any other tradesman) does
not mean that he/she is earning that amount.
If he works for a contractor his employer is keeping a large share of
the hourly rate, and if he is independent he must pay for a truck,
tools, commercial insurance/bonding, union dues etc.
Construction tradesman usually earn a decent living, but they are not
wealthy by any means, and the situation is getting worse not better.
I remember when a tradesman could expect to have his wife stay home
with the kids and put two or three of them through college. He could
certainly not do that today.
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